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Fridays From the Frontline: Choices

interview-questionsWelcome back to Fridays From the Frontline, our weekly summation of happenings in the business school blogosphere. This week, MBA applicants, current students, and admissions bloggers have made important choices from a variety of different topics in the business school sphere, and life in general. Continue reading…

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Sustainability Takes Center Stage at Harvard Business School Commencement

Leah Ricci (left) and Allison Webster (right) stand ready to help HBS Commencement attendees dispose of materials properly

Leah Ricci (left) and Allison Webster (right) stand ready to help HBS Commencement attendees dispose of materials properly

Forget crimson. The stoles and tassels worn by Harvard Business School (HBS) graduates today may have been deep red, but the school was going for green in its commencement exercises this year. As part of the day’s events—as well as those of Class Day yesterday and Reunion tomorrow—HBS graduates, alumni and guests will take part in a coordinated composting effort unlike any in the school’s history.

For the first time ever, the back-to-back celebrations this week at HBS will feature completely compostable lunch containers and utensils, which attendees will sort into designated bins for recycling, composting and trash. And because it can sometimes be hard to determine which items go into which bins—especially for novice environmentalists—HBS Green Team volunteers will staff each of the 20 sorting stations to help people know what’s what.

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Yale SOM 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Yale_School_of_Management_Evans_Hall_frontFollowing up on the release of their Class of 2018 essay question earlier this week, we wanted to offer our Yale SOM Essay Topic Analysis for 2015-2016. As was the case last year, Yale MBA hopefuls are required to respond to one 500-word essay, and in fact, the Yale adcom has chosen to retain the very same prompt they used last admissions season. In his blog post announcing the topic, Admissions Director Bruce DelMonico commented that the adcom found this question to be a sound way of evaluating a candidate’s fit with the school’s founding mission of “educating leaders for business and society.”

Let’s take a closer look at Yale’s 2015-2016 essay prompt, and consider how to demonstrate the sort of leadership the adcom is seeking: Continue reading…

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Yale SOM Essay Topic 2015-2016

yaleFollowing up on the announcement of their application deadlines last week, Admissions Director Bruce DelMonico has released the Yale SOM Essay Topic for 2015-2016. The prompt is as follows:

The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent. (500 words maximum) Continue reading…

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Top #MBA Tweets: Commencement 2.0

Welcome to another edition of Top #MBA Tweets of the Week, our weekly roundup of posts from business schools on Twitter. We continue our congratulations to the Class of 2015, as commencements carried on. While we take a look at how celebrations continued and business leaders shared advice with the new grads, we also took note of some information for the upcoming admissions season.

Graduates at NYU / Stern had a full day of celebration…

…Wharton also marked some noteworthy graduates: Continue reading…

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Report: Regular Decision / Alumnus / Off Campus

300px-Columbia_University_01We just received the following Columbia MBA admissions interview report from an applicant who is waiting on a decision from Columbia. Best of luck to them!

This site was extremely helpful when preparing for the CBS interview, so I wanted to make sure I gave back. I applied Round 3 and submitted my application on April 14. I received an email inviting me to interview on May 6. The AdCom gives you 5-6 people in your area for you to chose from. I contacted an individual and the interview was set up for 2 weeks from when I emailed my interviewer (Memorial Day weekend didn’t help for scheduling it any sooner). Continue reading…

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Columbia Business School Admissions Director Provides Insight into 2015-16 Essays

amanda_carlsonColumbia Business School (CBS) kicked off the application cycle for the Class of 2018, sending its application live in late April, before any other leading business school. Though this year’s essay questions aren’t hugely different from last year’s, the school’s admissions director took time to share her perspective on the subtle changes with Clear Admit and offer some guidance to applicants who may be preparing to embark upon the application process.

Speaking to Clear Admit yesterday, Admissions Director Amanda Carlson turned first to the school’s first essay prompt—the “career goals/why a Columbia MBA now” question. Continue reading…

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UT Austin / McCombs Deadlines 2015-2016

mccombsThe McCombs School of Business at UT Austin has just announced its MBA application deadlines for the 2015-2016 admissions season. The admissions website notes that all application materials are due at 11:59pm Central Time on each of the following dates.

The McCombs deadlines for the Class of 2018 are:

Round 1
Application Deadline: October 13, 2015
Decision Release: December 17, 2015
Deposit Deadline: February 11, 2016 Continue reading…

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Darden i.Lab Incubator Welcomes New Ventures

i-lab-outsideTomorrow, the i.Lab Incubator at the University of Virginia (UVA)’s Darden School of Business will kick off its 10-week summer session, welcoming 23 entrepreneurs with high hopes for their fledgling businesses. In the mix this year: a matchmaking service for vacationers and owners of high-end vacation homes, a communication network to support development work in sub-Saharan Africa and an online recruiting platform geared specifically toward MBA students at top schools.

Darden’s i.Lab Incubator, or “i.Lab” was launched in 2010 by the school’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. A fundraising challenge championed by alumnus W. L. Lyons Brown III (MBA ’87) helped finance a new state-of-the-art facility to house the i.Lab, which opened in summer 2012. The program has since expanded to include not only Darden students but also highly qualified entrepreneurs from the larger UVA and Charlottesville communities. Continue reading…

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